What To Do in NYC!

Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to do a post about what to do if you’re looking to visit New York City! Now that I’ve lived here for about 8 months, I feel like I’ve found some slightly “under the radar” ways to go do things that not a ton of people may know about from a quick Google search. (Also included a lot of free/budget friendly ideas!) Here are some unexpected fun activities to do if you’re planning a visit:

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  1. Shows– One of my absolute favorite things to do in New York City is go to shows. Broadway, comedy, or live TV tapings are one thing that is super unique to New York, so I would highly recommend it if you’re visiting! For comedy shows, I have only been to New York Comedy club but it was excellent. I really want to go to the Comedy Cellar as well, it’s a club where a lot of big comedians got their start. OK, so for broadway shows here is a big tip. Go to Times Square (even though it’s super crowded and annoying) and go get your cute picture on the steps or whatever. Then go UNDER the steps to the TKTS booth and tell them what broadway show you want to go to (for the night of) and they will give you the best deal they can find. I’ve been to Phantom of the Opera and Chicago and they were both amazing, and I got great deals at that ticket booth. They also hold lotteries on a daily basis to win free broadway tickets, so maybe you’ll get lucky! As for live shows, they are TOTALLY FREE if you can snag tickets. I got tickets to Live with Kelly and Michael (rip) and Megan Kelly and it was so fun. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the show, it’s still so cool to see how filming a talk show goes into production. Sometimes you’ll even win free things! This website is where I always get my free tickets to live shows.

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2. Foods– I one thousand percent suggest eating your way around New York City as best you can. I wrote this blog post about some of my favorite NYC food spots that I would still totally recommend. Since then, some other places for a quick bite/snack that I’ve come to love include Pressed Juicery (I really like the juice and the pressed freeze) Georgetown Cupcake in Soho (name the flavor of the day from their website and get it for FREEEEEE!) and Cookie DO in West Village for a scoop of edible cookie dough (get a lot so you can save for later, it lasts days!) I also went to Junior’s Restaurant near Times Square for some incredible cheesecake with my family (We got the original with strawberries or something? I don’t even love cheesecake and it was to-die-for). Thought those would be some fun ideas for a quick fun bite around the city!

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3. Walking– This sounds silly, but I personally don’t think that you get the full “New York City experience” unless you just walk around and take it all in! One thing that I didn’t realize before moving to New York was how beautifully unique each part of this city is. There are little quirks to every area of even just Manhattan itself, and I swear you’ll feel like you’re in a different city just from walking through the different neighborhoods (see map below!) My favorite things to walk to in each part of town are: Wall Street & Southstreet Seaport in the Financial District (I live on Wall st. if you want to check out my apartment tour here!), World Trade Center/Brookfield Place in Battery Park, walk by Taylor Swift’s place in Tribeca don’t judge me, go to Washington Square Park & Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in West Village, shop everywhere in Soho, Glossier showroom in Chinatown, walk the streets of Little Italy, walk the High Line & through Chelsea Market in Chelsea, Bryant Park & Grand Central in Midtown, and walk along 5th Ave in the Upper East Side (I like starting at E 78th or so and walking down and then going through Central Park starting at the Loeb boathouse and then ending at Central Park South at the Plaza!) There is so much more but this is getting lengthy so I will leave it at that! ❤

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Losing Weight: The ONLY Way That Has Worked For Me!

I am aware that I am completely unqualified to post this, but I wanted to share with you guys how I have lost some weight for basically the first time in my life! The things I’ve done are small lifestyle changes that have been super easy so far. I will be the first to admit that I gained a ton of weight in college (my highest weight was 175, and being 5’4” that was rough!) But since then I am down to 149 and am feeling so good! It’s really hard to put myself out there with how much I weigh, but I think that posting it will hold me accountable to keep working to lose it! I have 3 main tips that I believe have helped me to lose weight recently:

  1. Walking– I truly believe this helps so much! I always try to get in 10,000 steps a day. This has been easier since I’ve moved to NYC and you basically have to walk and subway everywhere, but even just taking an extra 30 minutes to go on the treadmill or elliptical during the day really helps me to get in those extra steps. I just use the health app on my phone to track my steps (pro tip, you don’t even have to set it up! It’s been tracking you this whole time…go check it out!)

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2. Eating– I have made some small changes when it comes to my diet. I downloaded this app (which I feel like tons of people have anyway, no big secret) and for one week I just ate normally and kept track on the app. This really helped me to know where I was at. Now I try to stay around 1,200 calories a day. I DEFINITELY have cheat days, especially on the weekends with cookies, pizza, wine, etc. I don’t want to deprive myself! But during the weeknights I’ve been trying to stick to meat, fruit and veggies solely. I have almost cut out dairy (besides ice cream and chocolate, I can’t do it! Any dairy free dessert suggestions?) and I have tried to cut out gluten as well. For the most part I make salads with spinach, chicken and avocado, balsamic vinegar and olive oil! I have been liking peppers and hummus as a snack, or peppers dipped in the 100 calorie guac packets from Trader Joe’s. LOVE these. I like making thai lettuce wraps as well! But I also eat TJ’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups literally every day sooo…it’s all about balance? Lol

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3. Exercise– I absolutely hate exercising, I’m just gonna put that out there. Legit the worst. But for some reason I have been sticking to this routine and it seems to be working? I have a gym in my building which is easy when I’m being lazy lol. But basically I start off by doing 1 mile on the elliptical to get warmed up. Then I alternate between arm and leg day and just pick like 4-5 exercises. So on arm day I’ll use 10 or 15 lb weights and do 3 sets with 8-12 reps per set per exercise. I have a chart of exercises to do if anyone cares about the specifics lol. But yes just doing small weightlifting for like 20-30 min and then a do a couple of ab exercises and I’m done! It’s been easy so far which I think is good. Anything I’ve tried that is too fast paced or difficult I never stick with, so don’t be afraid to let yourself start off slow and easy, just give yourself credit for doing something!!

That’s all I have for how I’ve lost weight, hopefully this keeps working for me! Do you have any weight loss suggestions? Comment below! 🙂

The Bachelor: Night 1 Review

 

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Happy New Year! If you know me at all, you know I’m obsessed with the entire Bachelor franchise. I started really watching the shows during Emily Maynard’s season (one F Jef why couldn’t you have been the bachelor this season instead?!) But I definitely used to sneak in episodes before her season as well. Did anyone else’s parents forbid them from watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette when you were younger?! Mine thought it was inappropriate, lol. Still didn’t stop me! In honor of the new year and the new bachelor, I thought it would be appropriate to review Arie’s season premiere.

First off, why Arie? I have a feeling we will all eventually like him by the end (I hope?) but after night one I’m honestly not feeling it! I think people have forgotten him from Emily’s season, and I feel like it’s a whole new crowd of fans that watch the show now versus back during Emily’s season. He’s older, I don’t find him super attractive, and is anyone else super creeped out by his voice? I feel like they were trying to go for someone similar to Peter since he was such a fan favorite, but just because they’re both grey doesn’t mean this replacement works.. it doesn’t.

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Onto the girls. I feel like I wasn’t really super paying attention to the intros since nothing really caught my eye? But right off the bat, the ones that stand out in my head are short hair Bekah and Raven’s friend. I think they’re both cute and seem pretty normal? Their intros were cute too. But we shall see. I read that Bekah is 22 (Ari is 37) so I feel slightly uncomfy? but everything is fine (?)

Other than that, there wasn’t anyone that stands out as the annoying evil one besides Chelsea? TBH they all looked the same and were all named Lauren so this is looking to be a semi-boring season. Let’s hope someone’s crazy comes out and spices things up soon!

Do you have any fun bachelor/bachelorette viewing traditions? In high school and college I used to have friends over and make a huge deal about watching it every week, it’s always been one of my favorite Monday night traditions! Any predictions on who the winner will be, or who your favorite is? Let me know in the comments!

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Moving to a New City: Adjustments & Changes

Life in New York City is so different than anywhere else I’ve lived. From growing up in Ohio to living in South Carolina for four years of school, I felt like I’d already seen a lot! But as most would guess, NYC is completely different than any other city, and rightfully so. If you’ve ever considered living here or are just curious about the differences in day to day routines, then keep reading!

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1. Transportation– this one seems obvious, but it took me the most time to get adjusted to. Taking the subway and walking are what I do most since I’ve moved here, and I’ll admit I do miss my alone time in the car! But it’s so cheap to subway (2.75 per ride) and I always get my 10,000 steps a day with walking everywhere 😂 if you’re visiting NYC and are trying to figure out the subway system, my biggest suggestion is to download the Citymapper app, and to just ask people and read signs! I am one of the most directionally challenged people I know and I still somehow figured out the New York City subway system, so you can too!

2. Food– I’d never really thought about this one before, but grocery shopping can be a real pain in the ass when you don’t have a car to dump all of your shit into! I tend to go grocery shopping for smaller quantities more often, which can get annoying but I’ve gotten used to it. It’s also a great workout carrying your groceries and walking home! 😂 Another thing all New Yorkers seem to do is eat out quite often.

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3. Dating– Literally every girl I’ve talked to in New York says the only way to date here is online dating. Obviously in college my friends and I dabbled in Bumble and Tinder, but New York City has its whole own array of options when it comes to dating apps. I’ve been a fan of The League and Hinge!

4. Tourists– I quickly went from being a newbie New Yorker that stopped and stared at everything, to being soooo annoyed by slow tourists that stop in the middle of the sidewalk to take pictures 😂 It doesn’t help that I live on Wall Street down in Fidi and walk out my front door to a sea of tourists that I have to navigate my way through, lol.

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5. The Vibes– As fast paced as New York City is, I’ve also found that it is one of the friendliest cities I’ve ever lived in. As surprising as it is, I feel like strangers from the subway to the streets are willing to stop and chat, help with directions, and so much more. I’ve seen a family help an old lady up the stairs, and men helping women carry their strollers down into the subway. It makes my heart so full!

That’s all for now! What have your biggest adjustments been when moving to a new city? Comment below and let me know!

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Best New York City Eats

Whether you live in New York or are just stopping by for a visit, it’s always fun to find those “under the radar” food spots that won’t be completely tourist packed. These are my top five places I’ve eaten at in NYC that I’d never heard of before moving here, but would highly recommend!

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  1. The Doughnut Plant– Featured on The Food Network some years ago, this doughnut shop is a hidden gem tucked away into the Lower East Side. It has super unique doughnut flavors which is a draw, but honestly their doughnuts are so moist and flavorful that this is what keeps me coming back. I would recommend the black & white, the blueberry, or any of the cake doughnuts!

2.  Hotel Chantelle– While expensive, we actually got a Groupon to go here and had the most amazing meal! I would highly recommend the giant pretzel and the sangria with white wine. Both were amazing! We also ordered two entrees and it was a lot of food, so I’d recommend getting drinks and apps at this spot. The roof and atmosphere are also outstanding!

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3. Sticky’s Finger Joint– I know this sounds silly, but if you get sick of the whole Shake Shack scene but want a quick junk-food bite, I love this NYC joint for chicken fingers/nuggets and fries. Side note, their honey mustard is impeccable.

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4. Black Tap– This one goes against the whole “not tourist packed” thing, but if you are visiting New York and are willing to wait in a long line, this burger joint has the most incredible milkshakes (tasty and insta-worthy). The line can take anywhere from 30 min. to an hour, but if you want to get in faster then go with a small group during a non-peak time, and sit at the bar instead of a table! The location in Soho also tends to be a little less packed than the one in Midtown.

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5. Bubby’sAnother one that will be a bit of a wait, but SO worth it. This was seriously one of the best brunches I’ve had in the city! Located right by the high-line in Chelsea, this one does tend to attract tourists, but if you wait near the bar the seating is first come first serve, so we walked right in and sat down! Their mimosas were super bubbly and their brunch menu is seriously to die for. Go get the biscuits!

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That is all for my food blog post! Do you have any other places you’d recommend eating at in New York City? Obviously I’m not on a health kick at the moment, so I’m open to any and all suggestions (lol). Comment with your favorite food spots!

 

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